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ISIS update 8/21/2016..Mosul liberation to be beginning of Iraq stability, unity

Sunday, August 21, 2016 12:09
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Iraq’s special forces train for Mosul operation

Mosul liberation to be beginning of Iraq stability, unity

Iraqi forces fighting ISIL terrorists east of Ramadi

Iraqi Army Wins Back 75 Percent of Nineveh’s Al-Qayyara

Iraq’s joint military forces managed to seize back most of the ISIL-controlled city of al-Qayyara, South of Mosul, in Nineveh province.

The Iraqi forces have now imposed full control over 75 percent of the al-Qayyara city and have advanced from three directions deep inside the city.

Fierce clashes are currently underway in the Northern parts of the city as the ISIL terrorists are fleeing from the Northern parts to the Southern parts of the city.

The ISIL terrorists are currently under the siege of the Iraqi forces in the Southeastern and Western parts of al-Qayyara city.

Earlier on Sunday, Iraq’s joint military forces approached the gates of al-Qayyara city which is 63 kilometers from Mosul and were ready to start the third phase of the liberation operations of Mosul city and its surrounding areas.

On Saturday a senior military commander announced that Iraq’s joint military forces have completely seized back a strategic island to the East of al-Ramadi in Anbar province.

“The Iraqi security and Hashd al-Shaabi (volunteer forces) managed to fully liberate al-Khalediya Island 23 kilometers to the East of al-Ramadi and also take full control of the surrounding villages and regions of the island,” Commander of Anbar Liberation Operations Major General Esmayeel Mahlawi said.

He noted that the liberation of al-Khalediya Island comes after recapturing of the Bu Kana’an region which was the last military base of the terrorists in Al-Khalediya Island area.

Meantime, Hashd al-Shaabi Command Center in a statement announced that over 150 terrorists from different countries, including two Americans, 7 Russians, 4 Chechens and many Saudis, were killed in the al-Khalediya Island liberation operation.

Also on Thursday, General Mahlawi said that the Iraqi forces killed 700 ISIL militants during an anti-terrorist offensive on Khalediya Island.

“Security forces so far have killed 700 ISIL members since the beginning of Khalidiya Island liberation battles,” said General Mahlawi.

The final anti-terrorist offensive on Khalediya Island started in late July.

The city of Ramadi was occupied by ISIL militants in May 2014. The government forces succeeded in retaking the city after weeks of fierce fighting from December 2015 to February 2016.

ISIL is a terrorist group mainly operating in Syria and Iraq. The terrorists have also claimed responsibility for attacks in Europe. The group is deemed as terrorist entity by international bodies, including UN.

“Religious, ethnic unity key to end terrorism in Iraq”

Syrian warplanes fly over northeastern city of Hasakah

Syrian army retaliates in Hasakah

US warn Syria strikes may endanger its forces

Kurds versus Syrian army battle intensifies, complicating multi-fronted war

Fighting between the Syrian army and Kurdish forces intensified late on Friday and into Saturday, creating the risk of yet another front opening in the multi-sided civil war. The two sides have mostly avoided confrontation during the five-year conflict, with the government focusing its efforts against Sunni Arab rebels in the west, and the Kurds mainly fighting Islamic State in northern Syria. In an indication of their reluctance to escalate further, pro-government media said on Saturday they had held preliminary peace talks. After the fighting broke out this week, government warplanes bombed Kurdish-held areas of Hasaka, one of two cities in the largely Kurdish-held northeast where the government has maintained enclaves. Fighting there could complicate the battle against Islamic State because of the Kurds’ pivotal role in the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) fight against the group. On Friday, warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition flew what the Pentagon called protective patrols around Hasaka to prevent Syrian jets from targeting U.S. special forces, who are operating on the ground with the SDF, the first sorties of their kind in the war. Ground fighting intensified late on Friday when Kurdish YPG fighters battled Syrian forces, whose air force flew sorties over the city, Kurds and monitors said. “The clashes continue in areas inside the city today. There were military operations,” a Kurdish official said. Many inhabitants of Kurdish areas fled on Friday and at least 41 people have been killed, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based war monitoring group, said. “There are efforts to cool things between the army and the Asayish (YPG-affiliated forces), and a first meeting was held aimed at a ceasefire,” Sham FM, a pro-government radio station, reported.

As well as complicating the war against Islamic State, fighting in Hasaka could create problems for the government’s campaign in the city of Aleppo, where Kurdish forces have been accused of coordinating with the Syrian army against rebels backed by Turkey. The YPG, or People’s Protection Units, have close ties with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey, against which Ankara has waged a three-decade counter insurgency. Turkey fears the Kurds’ drive against Islamic State is partly aimed at carving out a Kurdish region along its own southern border. On Saturday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Turkey would take a more active role in Syria in coming months to stop it being torn along ethnic lines – an apparent reference to the YPG gains in northern areas. Local fighters backed by the SDF, of which the YPG militia form an integral part, said on Saturday they would not advance further north – towards the Turkish border – having secured the city of Manbij, 250 km (155 miles) west of Hasaka, from Islamic State, an announcement that may have been aimed at assuaging Turkish fears. Syria’s army has blamed the YPG for the Hasaka fighting and described it as a branch of the PKK, a characterization the group rejected on Saturday.

Syrian jets hit terrorists’ positions across country

Battle for Aleppo. 21.08.2016 – Colonel Cassad

The military situation at Aleppo to August 21, 2016.

1. Over the last two days at the front line of Aleppo has not changed significantly. Which began last night offensive CAA and its allies in the northern part of the corridor and the south-western front not much success has brought.

Attacks on the technical college district garages in Ramuseha hill Tal Mahkrukat and Al Carasso town were repulsed militants. However, during the offensive of the army was able to take a stone quarry south of the artillery base and the adjacent hill Um al-Kara, which offers an excellent view of the road Khan Tuman – Ramuseh that allows to sweep the road from both anti-tank and adjust artillery fire along the segment from Mashrifa to Ramuseha. The militants are well aware of the importance of a hill so last night and this morning they led the attack to extract the army to him and throw her from the stone quarry. These attacks were unsuccessful, resulting in the tactical success of the CAA was able to keep.

2. In general, despite the aggressive activity of the parties, the battle is now confidently is in phase and positional shifts are yet insignificant. However, it should be noted that after the arrival of reinforcements, the initiative gradually passes into the hands of the CAA – the militants are increasingly forced to defend themselves, and in some places already have to give way. So far, the attack on the quarter Zahra and cement factory Ramuseha seen the peak onset of the “green” began on 31 July. CAA strategy is now based on the fact that gradually bite off pieces of the corridor to the north of Ramuseha and simultaneously implement more ambitious plans to the south of the city, where the goal is maximum – to break through the front line artillery college -Mashrifa – Quarries – Tal-Mahrukat – Al Amiriyah – Al Carasso and exit to the highway Khan Tuman – Ramuseh.

3. In the nearest plans of the CAA obviously will establish full control over the northern and southern quarry and continuing assault on Tal-Mahrukata, which is the center position of the militants to the south of the corridor. If you lose Tal Mahrukat insurgents will be forced to retreat to the chain of military facilities in the route Khan Tuman – Ramuseh providing military progress in the area of ​​Al-Amiriyah. Even more significant are fighting for Al-Carasso, whose militants loss would mean that the army will be able to begin operations against Khan Tuman. All of these items, for which there is a struggle today, cover a key road, but which hangs a group of militants in the area of ​​the corridor. Defeat in one of these points just complicate the situation for the militants along the entire front to the south-west of Aleppo. Therefore, it is reasonable that the CAA are more active in the south-west of the city, where air strikes are more efficient and where militants are less likely to rely on the residential and industrial construction.

4. losses. Over the last several sides said killed dozens on both sides, as well as several armored vehicles, including 72 T-1 and T-1 55 in CAA and T-62 from the militants. The city lost between 20 and 30 civilians. It is worth noting that in the last days in the Western press Force photo with a boy from Aleppo, which declared a “symbol of the Syrian war.” The cynicism of this operation lies in the fact that these boys for 5 years of war killed thousands, but none of the characters “war in Syria” do not hurry, because it was considered “collateral damage” in the way the overthrow of “tyranny of Assad.” Now that the militants could not solve the strategic task related to the establishment of an uninterrupted supply of Aleppo, the West disperse the topic of a humanitarian catastrophe, to alleviate the plight of the militants. Here in the furnace of this strategy, and go from Aleppo photos with the boys who make the very same people who filmed beheading of the other boys. But as it has been repeatedly pointed out – in these matters the West always has a very selective vision.

5. On the northern Aleppo province, the “green” again pushed halifatchikov from Al-Rai and began to advance to the south and south-east in the framework of competition with the Kurds over control of the border areas. At the same time in Turkey are concentrated militants to launch an attack on Dzharabulus and not give him grab the Kurds with the support of the Turkish artillery. Dzharabulus currently remains the largest settlement controlled the Caliphate to the north of Al-Bab. Controlling Azaz, Mare, Al-Rai and Dzharabulus, “green”, with the support of Turkey will be able to create a kind of buffer between the mainland and Rozhavy Canton Afrin. At the same time there is a possibility that the Turks hands of “green” will try to launch an offensive in the direction of al-Bab to do to prevent the connection of the Kurdish territories. Yesterday’s blast in Gaziantep 1982.html officially called the attack on the part of the Caliphate. remains of the suicide bomber belts were found, which blew herself up at a wedding – 50 people were killed, over 100 wounded.

6. It should also be mentioned that the conflict between the CAA and the Kurds in the neighboring province of Hasaka continues to evolve. Despite the fact that yesterday held consultations between the Kurds and the CAA with the participation of Russian and Iranian military clash today in the province continued, and the Syrian air force again strikes inflicted in Hasaka region, spit on the US threats. In the city there are water shortages, residents fleeing the city due to the ongoing fighting. Parties in addition to the small arms used mortars, artillery and armored vehicles. During clashes in the CAA according to the 11 Kurds killed. The Kurds according to Syrian sources 8 killed. Died between 12 and 20 civilians.

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